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Ahmad R. Najafi

Dr. Ahmad R. Najafi

Assistant Professor

Curtis 158
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Multiscale Computational Mechanics and Biomechanics LAB (MCMB LAB)

Research Interests

In Mechanics: Multiscale Computational Solid Mechanics, Design Optimization, Fracture Mechanics, Modeling of Damage in Composite Materials, Design of Biomimetic Materials
In Biomechanics: Mechanics of Biological Composites and Biomaterials, Bone Biomechanics and Bone Fracture, Computational Biology and Biophysics


Ahmad Raeisi Najafi is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department and the director of the Multiscale Computational Mechanics and Biomechanics LAB (MCMBLAB).  He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics) from Shiraz University, Iran, in 1997, a M.S. and his first Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics), both from the Amirkabir University of Technology in 1999 and 2006, respectively. In 2012, he joined Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for his second Ph.D., working on the design of advanced materials and received his degree in 2016. Najafi was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling & Bioinformatics in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at UIUC from 2016 to 2017, working on computational modeling of membrane proteins structures. His interests are in Multiscale Computational Mechanics/Biomechanics/Biology, Design Optimization, Design of Biomimetic Materials, Mechanics of Biological Composites and Biomaterials, and Bone Fracture. He is a member of ASME and Biophysical Society.